Juvenile Detention Services Division (JDSD)

Juvenile Detention Center building
Division Duties

  • Responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of those juveniles (persons between the ages of 8 and 18) who require secure care services (e.g., placement in a juvenile detention center).
  • The facility has 32 beds but an operational capacity of 16.
Staff Responsibilities

Detention officers follow daily activity schedules to ensure juveniles can access the programming activities which are available. The activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Exercise
  • Programming that centers around education (a minimum of 4 hours a day)
  • Recreation
Behavior Management System

  • Designed to provide juveniles with more and more privileges when they follow the rules and are well behaved during their stay. Color of uniform signifies level of privileges.
  • Juveniles are able to receive visits from their parents, attorneys, counselors, etc.
  • Juveniles can make telephone calls and write letters to loved ones.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

You will see quite a bit of information involving the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in our facility and website.  We are required to post such information but do not want you to be unnecessarily concerned or alarmed.  The fact is, the last reported and/or known incident involving inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature between residents or between residents and staff was in early 2006.  The officer involved in the matter was swiftly placed on administrative leave and subsequently terminated from employment.  His alleged actions were reported to law enforcement right away, and he ended up being charged and convicted of two class four felonies. 

We have a zero tolerance policy against inappropriate behavior and through education/training, policies/procedures, having clear and well defined expectations, a thorough and in-depth hiring process, vigilance, the use of technology, a commitment to respond promptly and in a sensitive manner to all grievances/complaints, etc., we endeavor and do our best to ensure the safety and well-being of every child under our care.

In closing, please know our department allows third parties, including fellow residents, staff members, family members, attorneys and outside advocates to assist residents in filing requests for administrative remedies relating to allegations of sexual abuse.  Furthermore, any third party wanting to file a report of sexual abuse may do so in person, by letter, by way of e-mail or by telephone.  Reports can be submitted to the detention supervisor, who may be reached at 520-375-8195.  Reports may also be submitted to the chief deputy probation officer by calling 520-375-7640.  You can be assured all reports will be processed expeditiously and that we will be thorough in looking into things.